Sunday, December 9th, 2018 11:00 a.m. Portland, ME

Tell your friends we have opportunities for volunteers on race day 12/09! Registration coming soon!

Packet Pick-Up: Saturday 12/08, 10:00am-2:00pm at Fleet Feet Maine Running 309 Marginal Way OR Sunday 12/09, before the race, 9:30-10:45am at RiRa Irish Pub at 72 Commercial Street


*We strongly recommend picking up your packet on Saturday if possible. Skip the crowds!

The Course -click here for course map

Runners assemble on the Eastern Promenade Trail between Ocean Gateway and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. The course heads down the trail toward Back Cove and turns around at the intersection of the Eastern Promenade Trail, Back Cove Trail, Bayside Trail & Loring Memorial Steps.

Start and finish lines: On the Eastern Promenade Trail in front of the Narrow Gauge Railroad. We will start promptly at 11:00am.
Bib Transfer: You may transfer your bib until Thursday, December 6th at noon.
Bathrooms: RiRa Irish Pub provides bathrooms.
Water: Water stop at the half-way point, located at the intersection of the Eastern Promenade Trail, Back Cove Trail, Bayside Trail & Loring Memorial Stairs. Bottled water will be available at the finish line
Parking: Free street parking can be found near the race start. There is also parking in the Casco Bay Garage, 56 Commercial Street (this garage is paid parking only). There is no parking allowed in the dirt lots near the race start. We encourage local folks to walk, run, bus, or bike downtown!
Race beanies: New last year, instead of t-shirts, all runners get a complimentary Holiday Dash winter hat! Fun and festive and very useful. One size fits all!
Timing and Results: Timing by Split Time Race Management
Awards: Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, and the top Portland Trails member, male and female.
Race photos: Maine Running Photos


All racers get 1 beverage ticket and access to buffet brunch at RiRa Irish Pub. Make sure you have your ID if you want to drink. We can check it before or after the race at the pub. Show your race bib for brunch. Your drink ticket will get you one beverage from one of the sponsors. 

Spectators are allowed in to RiRa Irish Pub (if fire capacity has not been reached), but the brunch buffet is for RUNNERS ONLY. If spectators want to eat or drink, they can order from the restaurant menu. 

Toys for Tots: We will be collecting unwrapped toys at RiRa for Toys for Tots. Please note that we can no longer provide a drink ticket in exchange for a donated toy. (per the State Liquor License Inspector). But we encourage your holiday spirit and generosity all the same!

Thanks to our sponsors!